Helping Your Child Determine Importance
Model the strategy for your child using short pieces of text, such as a
Talk to your child about the titles, bold headings, pictures, charts,
timelines, and other text features that hint at what might be important
Point out that many nonfiction books do not have to be read in order.
You can “skip around” and read the interesting chapters first.
Pictures on the page often reflect the most important information on
the page. Stress the value of looking at the pictures and reading the
Model how to use the glossary in the back of the book to check the
meanings of important words.
Stimulate your child’s curiosity. Curiosity spurs people to uncover
information that is important to them.
Have your child imagine that he/she was constructing a test on the
material. What questions would be important enough to ask?
Model how you determine importance in making decisions in real life.
How do you decide which car to buy or which place to visit on
vacation? How do you determine which candidate gets your support
in an election?